Rankin Ranch Road Fire fire burns 60 000 acres, Texas

A fast-moving Rankin Ranch RoadA road is a thoroughfare, route, or way on land between two places, which has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travel by some conveyance, including a horse, cart, or motor vehicle. Roads consist of one, or sometimes two, roadways (British English: carriageways) each with one or more ... Fire is burning in the far northeastern Texas panhandle since 14:30 local time on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Texas A&M Forest Service said Friday afternoon the fire is 50% contained.

The fire burned 40 000 acres (16 200 hectares) in Roberts County and spread to Ochiltree County just before 21:00 local time Thursday. According to the Ochiltree County Sherrif’s Office, residents south of FM 291 and east of Highway 70 were evacuated.

The Hansford County Sheriff’s Office closed FM 281 at the Hansford/Ochiltree county line.

As of Friday afternoon, March 24, the Rankin Ranch Road Fire has burned 60 000 acres (24 300 hectares) but the area is now receiving beneficial heavy rainfall and is 50% contained.

Thursday night, three homes were threatened. However, rainfallRain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It ... in the area helped containment efforts.

At least two people were injured and transported to a hospital.

Video courtesy AP

Video courtesy KFDA News Channel 10

Featured image: Rankin Ranch Road Fire, Texas – March 2017. Credit: TXA&M Forest Service

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